A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003)
Sometimes your eyes really are too big for your stomach! A frog keeps eating more and more bugs while growing bigger and bigger. The frog’s eating is interrupted when he realizes that it’s not a log he’s been sitting on in the bog, but an alligator. This fabulous story is told with rhyming text and encourages children to participate with the use of repeating sentences and counting. No bugs were harmed in the telling of this story.
“Five Hopping Frogs”
One frog hopping alone in the morning dew,
He heard another – RIBBIT – and then there were two.
Two frogs hopping beneath a willow tree,
They heard another – RIBBIT – and then there were three.
Three frogs hopping past the alligator as he let out a snore,
They heard another – RIBBIT – and then there were four.
Four frogs hopping near the pond take a dive,
They heard another – RIBBIT – and then there were five.
Can you hop real high like a frog in the sky? (hop in place high)
Can you leap through the reeds like a frog chasing fleas? (leap from side to side in place)
Can you RIBBIT real loud like a frog in a crowd? (RIBBIT!)
Can you crouch down low like a frog hiding from below? (squat down low)
Can you sit real still waiting for a fly to buzz over the hill? (sit down)
An Oldie But a Goodie
Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Five Green and speckled frogs,
Sitting on a hollow log,
Eating some most delicious bugs, Yum, Yum.
One frog jumped in the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there are only four speckled frogs, Glub, glub.
(Continue counting down until there no frogs left.)